The US government’s moves to challenge China in the South China Sea increase the threat of a military confrontation with the Asian country, says an American analyst.

“The United States is pivoting to Asia and is steadily making moves that threaten war with China,” Joe Iosbaker, a member of the United National Antiwar Coalition, told Press TV on Wednesday.

The head of the US Pacific Command Admiral Harry Harris said Tuesday that the US military will continue to patrol the surroundings of China’s man-made islands in the Spratly Islands archipelago.

“Our military will continue to fly, sail, and operate whenever and wherever international law allows. The South China Sea is not — and will not — be an exception,” the top US admiral said while in Beijing.

“The Chinese have made it clear that they will not militarize their manmade islands in the Spratlys,” Iosbaker said. “On the other hand, the US just sailed a guided-missile destroyer within 12 nautical miles of those same lands.”

The analyst added that the United States will never accept a similar move by China, even if a Chinese warship sails several hundred miles off US coast.

“The US has waged repeated wars in Asia that have cost the lives of millions,” while “China has no history, even vaguely, of that character in modern history,” he noted.

Iosbaker said as tensions continue to rise, it becomes more clear that it is not the Chinese who seek war and dominance.

“All forces who favor peace should call for an end to US hegemony and threats against China,” he concluded.

A senior US official said Wednesday that defense leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), failed to agree on a closing statement for their summit in Malaysia.

“The Chinese lobbied to keep any reference to the South China Sea out of the final joint declaration,” the US official said. “Understandably a number of ASEAN countries‎ felt that was inappropriate.”

Beijing, however, cited interference by “certain other countries” as the main reason for the non-conclusion.

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